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Dedza Dynamos frustrate Blue Eagles, as Silver Strikers thrash Kamuzu Barracks

MAN-MARKING—A Tigers player shields the ball

Blue Eagles were held to a goal-less draw by rookies Dedza Dynamos at Balaka Stadium but returned to the summit of the TNM Super League on goal difference.

Eagles were displaced from the summit after Nyasa Big Bullets defeated Red Lions 2-0 with goals from Chimwemwe Idana and Babatunde Adepoju at the same venue on Saturday.

However, the Area 30-based side reclaimed the spot with a draw against the rookies.

The Eagles are still unbeaten have only dropped points against Dedza and Bullets this season. this season alongside Bullets and

Both Eagles and Bullets have 26 points each.

Eagles Coach Eliya Kananji said his troops played well.

“The players worked hard but it was unfortunate that we did not score. But we collected a point which is good for us,” Kananji whose side was without marksman Schumacher Kuwali due to injury, said.

Dedza Coach Dan Dzinkambani said the draw was a fair result.

“It was a difficult game and I am happy with the performance of the players,” Dzinkambani said.

On Wednesday, Eagles had a chance to extend the lead when they face Civil Service United at Civo Stadium.

In Lilongwe, Silver Strikers produced a solid display as they thumped Kamuzu Barracks 3-0 at Silver Stadium.

It was a master class performance from the Central Bankers, who were coming from a 1-1 draw with Ekwendeni Hammers last week.

Without coach Daniel Kabwe, who is reportedly in Tanzania for Caf A Coaching course, Silver started the match on a high.

It only took them five minutes to open the floodgates through Duncan Nyoni, who fired into the top corner beating KB goalkeeper Leman Nthala.

Four minutes later, Stain Davie added the second with a simple finish after Nthala failed to clear a sublime pass from Nyoni.

After conceding two early goals, KB reorganised themselves and took the game to the hosts.

However, they were struggling to penetrate Silver defence comprising Nickson Mwase, Maxwell Paipi, Mark Fodya and Mike Robert.

The hosts were forced to make an early substitution after Chawanangwa Kaonga got injured and was replaced by Uchizi Vunga in the 23rd minute.

KB also made a substitution in the first half when they brought Deus Nkutu for Christopher Ntambo. The two teams went for recess with Silver having a 2-0 lead.

After the break, the soldiers continued to pile pressure on the hosts but they were wasteful in front of the goal.

Nkutu forced goalkeeper Charles Thom to make a save before he missed another good opportunity.

Kelvin Hanganda and Zeliat Nkhoma also wasted good chances in the second half.

Following the victory, Silver have moved to position four with 15 points from nine matches, two points behind third- placed KB, who have also played the same number of matches.

After the match, Silver Assistant Coach Macdonald Yobe said the victory was a morale booster for his players.

“Credit should go to the players. The title race is a marathon and the future looks good for us,” Yobe said.

On his part, KB Coach Charles Kamanga conceded defeat.

In Blantyre, Mafco defeated Mighty Tigers 3-1 at Mpira Stadium. Zikani Sichinga, Kingsley Nkhonjera and Stain Malata were on target for the Salima- based soldiers whereas George Chirombo scored the consolation for Tigers.

Tigers are fifth with 15 points from 10 matches whereas Mafco moved into the top eight with 11 points from nine matches.

TN Stars claimed a 1-0 win over Rumphi United at Rum phi Stadium courtesy of Simon Chimney’s goal.

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